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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Spirit of St. Louis Airshow: Warbird and Cold War Era Aviation

The Aero Experience Team
The Spirit of St. Louis Airshow continues through this weekend, and we have just started to cover the variety of aircraft participating in this great Midwest Aviation event.  The lineup for the airshow includes the world famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron and top-tier performers like Patty Wagstaff, Skip Stewart and Michael Goulian.  Also part of this great airshow are the warbirds - the aircraft that helped win World War II  - and early Cold War Era aviation.  The classic warbirds - the EAA B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast," B-25 Mitchell "Show Me," and a host of former U.S. Naval Aviation combat aircraft were prominently featured.  Here is a short survey of the warbirds that participated in today's activities (photos by Mark Nankivil):

EAA Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast"

MO CAF North American B-25J Mitchell "Show Me"

OK CAF A-26B Invader "Lady Liberty"

MO CAF TBM-3E Avenger

GA CAF Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless

GA CAF Chance Vought (Goodyear) FG-1D Corsair

Bearcat Airshows Grumman F-8F Bearcat

Midwest Wild Relics Refuge Douglas EA-1E Skyraider

Warbird Rides USA North American AT-6F Texan

Trader Air Grumman C-1A Trader "Miss Belle"

AVMATS T-2C Buckeye


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